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England & Scotland Heritage

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Tour Pace: Active
Castle Hill, Edinburgh
Tour Style: Value
12 Days from $1,330 per person

Journey north to the land of the bonny and brave, from London and Windsor Castle in the south to the slopes of Ben Nevis. Visit picturesque Pitlochry, the beautiful Gothic architecture of York, and Grasmere, where William Wordsworth once lived.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Welcome to London. After checking in to your hotel the rest of your day is free to explore this magical city.
    hotel:Hilton Olympia/Ibis Earls Court
  3. Today is yours to see the sights of London, one of the most fascinating and exciting cities in the world. Perhaps visit Harrods or one of the many incredible museums the city has to offer.
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  4. This morning meet your Travel Director and traveling companions to board your CostSaver coach and set off from London. Visit Windsor and view the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world. In the city of Bath, where two of Jane Austen's novels were set, admire the Georgian architecture and enjoy free time to shop or visit the Roman Baths. Arrive later at your hotel in Gloucester.
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    hotel:Hatton Court
  5. This morning travel north to the town of Chester where you view the Roman walls, cathedral and the black and white half-timbered buildings known as ‘The Rows'. Why not join your fellow travelers on an excursion to North Wales to visit the town of Llangollen, home of the International Eisteddfod. Later arrive at your hotel.
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    hotel:Ibis Centre Albert Dock
  6. Enjoy spectacular views of Lake Windermere as you head north to visit Grasmere where the poet, William Wordsworth lived and wrote his most acclaimed poem, ‘Daffodils'. Stop at Gretna Green, where eloping couples married against their parents' wishes. Cross the Southern Uplands to Glasgow, one of Europe's liveliest cities.
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    hotel:Ibis City Centre
  7. See the sights of Glasgow during your orientation tour. Drive north through incredible scenery into the Scottish Highlands and follow the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. Drive through Glencoe, Glen of the Weeping, on to Fort William, which lies in the shadow of the UK's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, whose summit stands at 4,411 feet above sea level. Dine tonight at your Highland hotel.
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    hotel:Laggan Gaskmore
  8. Visit picturesque Pitlochry on the banks of the river Tummel. Famous for salmon fishing, a ‘fish ladder' on the dammed river helps the salmon to swim upstream to spawn. Take time to shop, explore, or join an Optional Experience to Blair Castle, home to the Duke of Atholl. In St. Andrews, where Prince William went to university, stop to take a picture of the 18th green. Known as the home of golf, the game has been played here for over 600 years. Tonight why not attend a lively Scottish banquet with traditional haggis and bagpipes?
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    hotel:Airth Castle
  9. This morning's sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist includes views of the Georgian New Town, Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle. Spend free time exploring on your own or join your Travel Director on an Optional Experience to the Royal Yacht Britannia in nearby Leith. During the Festival tickets to the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo are included.
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  10. Cross the Scottish Borders back into England. Drive through Northumberland National Park and view part of Hadrian's Wall. Begun in 122 AD, the wall is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is among the most important monuments built by the Romans in Britain. Continue south and arrive in York, a city of extraordinary cultural and historical wealth. During your orientation your Travel Director takes you on a walk through the web of quaint, narrow streets and shows you York Minster, one of the most beautiful Gothic buildings in the world. Finish the day in Bradford, where you dine tonight at your hotel.
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    hotel:Jurys Inn
  11. This morning visit Stratford-upon-Avon, where you have time to see the sights and shop for souvenirs. In your free time why not visit Shakespeare's Birthplace and Visitor Center for an in-depth look at the great man's life? Say goodbye to your Travel Director and newfound friends at the end of an exciting and memorable vacation as you return to London.
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    hotel:Hilton Olympia/Ibis Earls Court
  12. This morning after breakfast it is time to return home at the end of your vacation. A London Heathrow airport shuttle service is available to purchase. Conditions apply.
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Triple Room Discount: $10 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $76 p.p.

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Meal Summary

10 Full breakfasts, 3 Three course dinners, .

Sightseeing Highlights

  • View the castle
  • Visit the Georgian spa town
  • View the Tudor architecture and the half-timbered buildings known as the ‘Rows'
  • Visit the village of Grasmere and view the grave of Wordsworth
  • See the Blacksmith's shop, a wedding venue since 1754 when eloping couples would exchange their vows over the anvil
  • View Glasgow Cathedral and George Square on your orientation tour of Glasgow
  • See the freshwater lake with the largest surface area in Britain
  • See the Commando Memorial and Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain. Enjoy a scenic drive through Glencoe, the infamous Glen of the Weeping
  • View the 18th green on St. Andrews Old Course
  • Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes the famous Princes Street, the Royal Mile and views of the new Parliament Building as well as the Castle
  • View the remains of the Roman wall
  • View York Minster and stroll along the Shambles
  • Visit the town of Shakespeare's Birth and see Anne Hathaway's cottage

Reviews

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
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Service rating : What a great trip. Everything went well. Our tour guide was good, bus driver did amazing. People on the bus were fun.Hotels were good. I would will recommend Grand European Travel's to everyone.
Vacation : It was a great price excursions were well planed.
Thursday, October 19, 2017
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Service rating : Our agent was helpful and kept us informed. All contact was by phone or email.
Vacation : The cost saver trip with Trafalgar was not as good as I had hoped it would be. The hotels were very average. The trip was a lot of travel and not much time to actually enjoy the cities we came to see
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry that you were disappointed with your trip and appreciate your honest review.
Friday, October 20, 2017
Friday, September 22, 2017
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Service rating : Everything about the trip was as advertised. All side exceptions were great with excellent explanations of the areas visited. Active but not overwhelming. We will book again through Grand European.
Vacation : Looking forward to another trip through Grand European.
Thursday, September 21, 2017
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Service rating : This was such a great trip. So much history and beautiful countryside on one trip. We had a fantastic tour guide her name was Anja. She was so accommodating and kind. Would definitely recommend this tour!
Vacation : This was such a great trip. So much history and beautiful countryside on one trip. We had a fantastic tour guide her name was Anja. She was so accommodating and kind. Would definitely recommend this tour!
Thursday, September 14, 2017
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Service rating : I was most impressed with online responses to any questions I had and there were some. Everyone I spoke to was great! The tour was well planned to keep us busy yet let us have free time. Our guide was really informative, polite and very patient. The diversity of travelers allowed me to find out about other cultures.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for your kind words.  We are very happy to see that you enjoyed your trip and we hope to see you again very soon.
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Vacation : I have to admit that shopping is not my thing. I did however enjoy eating in restaurants of my choice. The shopping areas were nice. I did look around every time we had the opportunity but did not purchase gifts. Needless to say, most other people did.
  • U.S. citizens traveling to UK must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering the UK.

  • The currency in the UK is the Pound (£).  While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive in the UK, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate when you arrive in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • English specialties include fish and chips, Yorkshire pudding, sausages, stilton cheese, and scones with clotted cream. Culinary experiences to not to miss include a traditional pub meal, afternoon tea, and full English breakfast.  In larger cities like London you’ll also find restaurants serving a variety of international cuisine.

    Food and drink in Scotland goes far beyond haggis, porridge, and whiskey.  Other specialties to try include kippers, fish and chips, Scotch broth, smoked salmon, sausages, shortbread, and Dundee cake.  For a meal that’s inexpensive and authentic, try a pub meal with a pint of Scottish ale.

  • The climate in the UK is temperate, with regular rainfall throughout the year. We suggest packing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress.  A few important items to bring include sturdy walking shoes and a waterproof jacket with a hood. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • Tipping is less common in the UK than in the U.S. When dining out, some restaurants will add a service charge of 12.5 percent to your bill, especially for groups.  If a service hasn’t been added, it’s appropriate to leave 10 – 15 percent gratuity.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

Optional Experiences are subject to change and seasonal availability. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip and pricing. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can only be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Chester

North Wales Excursion

Our excursion to Wales takes us to Llangollen, the home of the International Music Eisteddfod. Here you’ll see wonderful sights including the River Dee and the Victorian railway station. You’ll also travel through the Valley of the Cross and up to the Horseshoe Pass, to enjoy views of the Welsh hills.

Edinburgh

Royal Yacht Britannia

You’ll explore this magnificent ship, which has played host to some of the most famous people in the world. Now berthed in Leith, you’ll be welcomed on board to discover the heart and soul of this most special of royal residences – the former honeymoon sanctuary for four royal couples.

Dinner And Drive To Historic Torphichen

Enjoy a scenic drive to the ancient village of Torphichen, associated with Scottish kings and Knights Templar. At the haunted Torphichen Inn your arrival will be toasted by our gracious host before enjoying an excellent dinner of local specialties and entertainment.

Scottish Show With Dinner

Tonight is your chance to put on that tartan and join us for an evening of singing, dancing and bagpipe playing at an internationally famous venue. You’ll enjoy delicious food and wine, join in the singing and watch a Highland dance or two. There's even a chance to sample Scotland’s national dish – haggis.

Glasgow

Glasgow City Evening

You'll enjoy a chance to experience a night out in the city of Glasgow. Your Travel Director will take you for an evening of good food, a drink, and undoubtedly interesting conversation.

Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond Boat Trip

Discover the wild beauty of the 'Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond'. As we cruise across the loch, the skipper will share stories of the area and point out Rob Roy's cave as you relax and savor the stunning scenery.

Scottish Highlands

Highland Farm Experience

Visit a real Highland sheep farm and meet Neil the Shepherd and his border collies. He’ll show you how he uses different whistles to command each dog to carry out different tasks. You’ll also have the opportunity to try your hand at sheep shearing, feeding the pups and discover his training techniques. Weather permitting.

Pitlochry. Visit Of Blair Castle

Set in its own grounds against a backdrop of glorious scenery, you’ll visit the castle and find out more about the home of the Duke of Atholl – the only man in Britain to have a private army.

Windermere

Private Cruise On Lake Windermere

Enjoy an exclusive cruise on a private boat on England's most beautiful and largest lake, taking in the northern coastline, beautiful houses, gardens and Wray Castle. You’ll see deserted islands, boats and birdlife as you explore the area loved by Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth.

Windermere Cruise And Steam Train Ride

A chance to view the glorious scenery of the Lake District as we cruise across England’s largest lake. Then step back in time as we board the steam train for a short journey from Lakeside to Haverthwaite.

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